Let me say that again, since it is easy to just let figures fly by without reflecting about what they mean.
The last two days we have created almost all the data that exists in the world, meaning that all data we have produced for thousands of years before, is less than we produce daily today.
Data Never Sleeps 5.0 by Domo
A lot of this data may seem useless, like tweets and instagram photos, but the trend is similar for books. Before Gutenberg invented the printing press and before e-books, we had a lot fewer books available than we do today. As you can see in this graph, Europeans read less than half a book a year per person 1775.
Visualization by Max Roser
In the survey I conducted about time, some of you mentioned information overload as a stress factor.
"I should read more..."As if it is an obligation to stay up to date, now that information is so easily available.
"I should be more up to date..."
"I should be more knowledgeable... "
But just because something is available, doesn't mean we have to use it. It's the same with food.
There is an abundance of food available for most of us. But you don't have to buy a lot of food just because there is plenty in the shop. You don't have to continue eating when you are full, just because there is food on your plate.
It is up to you.
Just because there is news available 24/7 you don't have to stay up to date every second. Remember, you are already more well read than the most well read person in the world 1775!
We humans have overcome scarcity in many areas. Our challenge now is to learn how to live well with the abundance we have created.
Don't let abundance get the better of you. Make yourself better by using it to your advantage. Remember, you don't have to do anything. You can choose to do whatever you want.
My book about managing time and expectations will be released June 16. My book release will include a lecture and an art exhibition. I hope many will join and talk to me about time, scarcity and abundance. Maybe I will have a chance to meet you?
Get your ticket here.
The event takes place in Kungälv and will be in Swedish.